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Ndidi names 3 ‘tough’ players Nigeria will face

Super Eagles, midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, has named the toughest player Nigeria will face at the 2019 African Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Gernot Rohr’s men will kick off their AFCON campaign against Burundi in Alexandria on Saturday.

Ndidi told Goal that one of the biggest potential challenges could well come from one of his former Leicester team-mates, Riyad Mahrez.

He also noted that Senegal with Sadio Mane and host nation Egypt with their super hero, Salah will pose a great challenge to Nigeria

He said, “Mohamed Salah is a very good player.

“I’ve played against him three times – he’s a great finisher and very fast. Sadio Mane is also a very good player.

“But the toughest one for me is Riyad Mahrez. He was at Leicester and we trained together every day before he left for Manchester City.

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“He is very difficult, skinny and very technical. You have to slow down to take him out – if you go fast he will finish you in seconds.

“I don’t think that it is an easy group. For me, there is no easy team in modern football. The name does not matter – the only thing that matters in the 90 minutes of the game.

“We can get a shock from this group, so we have to stay focused on the game, not on how easy it is, and ignore what people say.

“We will play tough games against very good teams, and our target is to be on the top by the end of the group stages.”

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